The absolute risk reduction by prophylaxis in chemotherapy-induced febrile neutropenia (FN) is largest in patients at highest underlying risk. Therefore, reliable predictive models are needed. Here, we develop and validate such a model for risk of FN during chemotherapy cycles 2-6. A prediction score for risk of FN during the first cycle has recently been published. Patients with solid cancers initiating first-line chemotherapy in 2010-2016 were included. Cycle-specific risk factors were assessed by Poisson regression using generalized estimating equations and random split sampling. The derivation cohort included 4,590 patients treated with 15,419 cycles, wherein 326 (2.1%) FN events occurred. Predictors of FN in multivariable analyses were: higher predicted risk of FN in the first cycle, platinum- or taxane-containing therapies, concurrent radiotherapy, treatment in cycle 2 compared to later cycles, previous FN or neutropenia and not receiving granulocyte colony-stimulating factors. Each predictor added between -2 and 8 points to each patient's score (median score 4; interquartile range, 1-6). The incidence rate ratios for developing FN in the intermediate (score 1-4), high (score 5-6) and very high risk groups (score ≥7) were 7.8 (95% CI, 2.4-24.9), 18.6 (95% CI, 5.9-58.8) and 51.7 (95% CI, 16.5-162.3) compared to the low risk group (score ≤0), respectively. The score had good discriminatory ability with a Harrell's C-statistic of 0.78 (95% CI, 0.76-0.80) in the derivation and 0.75 (95% CI, 0.72-0.78) in the validation cohort (patient n = 2,295, cycle n = 7,670). The Cycle-Specific Risk of FEbrile Neutropenia after ChEmotherapy score is the first published method to estimate cycle-specific risk of FN.
Keywords: cancer; chemotherapy; febrile neutropenia; g-csf; infection; prediction; prophylaxis; risk score.
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